Richard R. Ernst of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich was reviewing research proposals on a flight from Moscow to New York, on his way to collect Columbia University's 1991 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, when the captain informed him he had won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. While the news was not important enough to interrupt screening of the in‐flight movie, Ernst did go forward to the cockpit to receive the radioed congratulations of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the president of Switzerland and participants in a party organized on his behalf in Zurich.

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